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Frequently Asked Questions:
Coming to Events on your Own:
OK lets get this right out the way at the start ,as it is surely the most popular question.
People often ask if they can come to events on their own. The answer is – totally – YES!
We are a social group, part of our mission is to bring people together people who have the same interests. However this is often of concern to people new to the group.
Really, all we can say is don't worry about it. A lot of the people in the group are single, almost everyone comes on their own, however you are most welcome to bring guest or have your guest sign up as members.
That's how the group works. We bring together people with a similar interest, so we can have fun together! You'll probably be a bit nervous on your first one, that's understandable, but come along and after your first one you won't be worried any more at all. We promise!
Even better you are likely to leave with up to 10 new friends – depending on how many people you end up talking to as there's often more than that on our events. Don't worry you are not expected to talk to or remember everyone and remember most of them have come along by themselves on their own too so you're all in the same boat!
But we go out of our way to approach and welcome our new members. We'll look after you! Then as you come more regularly to events you will bump into people you've met before. The organising team are particularly friendly. It is our greatest compliment that our members come back again and again.
There is a video here by MeetUp about going to your fist MeetUp, it's shot in the USA but it's the same principle here: http://youtu.be/_DHPmGeXa-k
Now sign up for the next event, what you waiting for!
On our less challenging hikes, you are welcome to wear “comfortable walking shoes” or running trainers as long as they have good grip. Our more challenging hikes and walks require proper hiking boots/shoes or at least running trainers.
For regular hikers, we do recommend hiking boots or shoes. You can buy these cheaply at the larger sports shoe stores. They needn't cost more than £50.00, as they're frequently on sale.
If you want to come along and try out hiking before you buy them we are relaxed about it. The only real requirement is that whatever you wear is flat, comfortable and has good grip.
No shows will be marked with a star against their name. If you have no showed on a previous event and you are holding a place on an event which goes to waiting list, you will loose your place on the hike, and will be turned away if you show up without a reserved place. 3 no shows and you will be permanently removed from the group.
Nearly all our walks have breath-taking views and spectacular landscapes so it’s always worth bringing a camera to capture the moment.
If you are a serious photographer you are welcome to come along and take beautiful shots, and please do upload them into the website! However please note that as our hikes cover a relatively long distance, we don’t stop to take artistic shots and you need to be able to keep up with the hike as we do have a considerable distance to cover on each event.
Rain and Other Bad Weather:
While we understand the urge to hide away indoors when it rains, we live in a country where it is overcast about 62% of the time – however, getting outside even if it is overcast or raining will still top up your vitamin D and stave of seasonal effective disorder. Many a day starts rainy then clears, and the flashes of sunshine make a really great experience when they come through.
So we do hike all through the year and still have loads of fun – so do come with!! In summary, our hikes are not cancelled other than in extreme rain. You only need to start checking for cancellations in heavy snow, or if the temperature falls below -5C.
Trains: Group 3/4 Tickets On our walks we ask people to group into as many group 4 or group 3 groups as possible. This means we get either 4 or 3 people travelling together for the price of 2. The first few people to arrive will get grouped into 4's with the organiser. If you are one of the later people to arrive you will be grouped into 3's. You can alternatively pay full fare, but if you travel out with the group you must also return to London with the group whenever everyone is finished in the pub. Otherwise your ticket(and the rest of the people tickets you were grouped with will not be valid.
Trains: Time of Return :
We don’t specify return train times on day hikes because we don’t know the exact time we are coming back. Each event is a full day and at the end of the hike, we usually stop at the pub for a meal.
While we won’t make it back to London in time for evening or dinner plans, we generally leave the hike location between 7-8pm, or 6-7 in the winter, timings vary and are usually dependent on service speed at the pub and the amount of time we spend flapping about. Generally you unfortunately can not make it back to London in time for a dinner elsewhere, so best to come on a day when you have the evening free if it's a day trip.
You should recognise that all outdoor activities entail a risk. Our walks are planed with care and safety comes first. If any unforseeable risks arise they will be they will be assessed, and appropriate action will be taken based on that risk assessment.
Anyone is welcome to come along on our hikes including tourists and holidaymakers. Let us show you some of the English countryside!
Edited by Catherine Baker on Aug 31, 2014 3:42 PM